‘In preparing the programme for our latest Naxos album, we were particularly delighted to be able to include in our mix of Christmas carols the world premiere recording of a beautiful new work by the brilliant young composer Helena Paish. Commissioned by Vasari before the COVID lockdown and premiered online, socially distanced, we finally performed the carol live in 2022. A moving arrangement of a Ukrainian lullaby by royal-commission composer Roxanna Panufnik is another particular highlight for us. We very much hope you enjoy the mix of the familiar and the fresh as much as we have enjoyed recording them.’
– Jeremy Backhouse
‘My association with the Vasari Singers goes back a long way; I was only just starting out as a singer myself and joined them as a guest when they won the Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year competition. They have remained friends ever since and so it gives me a special pleasure to join them as a guest for their most recent recording projects, as they continue to combine a sense of friendship and camaraderie with the pursuit of choral excellence to the highest standards.’
– Roderick Williams
Christmas is a time for special musical experiences, from gentle traditional carols to rousing calls for worship. This recording fully represents the Vasari Singers’ renowned seasonal programmes, mixing familiar festive fun with newly inspired creations such as the world premiere recording of Helena Paish’s beautiful setting of words by the youngest of the Brontë sisters. From the evocative narrative of Finzi’s In Terra Pax to the joyous potpourri of A Merry Little Christmas, this, like the Vasari Singers’ previous Christmas release, A Winter’s Light (Naxos 8.573030), is a recording to treasure.